ABOUT US

MSM Global Consulting offers a unique approach to organizational culture change by empowering organizations to achieve greater success through embracing equity, diversity and inclusivity. MSM Global’s suite of services provides a holistic approach to organizational development, team capacity building, and leadership development.

MSM Global uses a customized, systems-based approach to focus on the specific challenges each client faces. By first assessing the current organizational and environmental landscape, then building a strategy with performance indicators, MSM Global develops solutions aimed at the “gap” between the current reality and the desired future.

How we help at MSM Global Consulting

WHY CHOOSE US

Our Experience

You will be afforded access to a team that, collectively, boasts over 150 years of experience in diversity, equity, inclusion, gender equity, intercultural competence, and organizational development.

Our Track Record

Our clients consistently give us positive feedback and testimonials. In addition, we have case studies that illustrate how our work has impacted our clients and their work.

Our Unique Approach

MSM Global utilizes novel models and innovative strategies that hold up and align in today’s social climate. We begin with data gathering to set a baseline to see the organization through the eyes of your organization’s diverse stakeholders and to more fully understand your organizational culture. Our approach is to then help your team create connections, build community across differences and foster accountability at every level. We will help you and your team become more prepared to engage in courageous conversations around tough EDI issues. And as your organization changes, our team will be here to help you.

Our Commitment to Your Success

MSM Global is devoted to helping you achieve success-building culture change. We will determine the appropriate team of experts to partner with you on your journey to organizational change.

OUR TEAM

MSM Global is made up of a team of talented facilitators, consultants, and coaches who are experienced in developing winning strategies for companies and organizations across a wide array of industries. This team understands organizational dynamics and best practices and can guide companies of all sizes to operate more effectively and achieve greater success.

Maria Morukian

Maria Morukian

President and Founder
(She/Her/Hers)
Originally from: Detroit, Michigan
Currently live in: Washington, DC

Areas of expertise:

  • EDI Training with a Focus on Dialogue and Storytelling
  • Executive Coaching
  • Intercultural Communication and Global Competency Development
  • Leadership Development
  • Innovation and Change Leadership
  • Organizational Culture Change


Why Equity, Diversity and Inclusion? 

I grew up in a multicultural family. My father and his family were refugees, and my mother was from a farming community where folks spoke Polish as their first language for generations. I was exposed to a rich variety of cultures, and I also saw the impact of racism and systemic oppression. I have always been deeply curious about how culture and identity shape our lives and have criss-crossed the globe learning about other cultures. I am committed to building bridges across differences and helping people use the power of storytelling to build community.

Favorite comfort meal: Imam Bayildi and pilaf (with something super chocolatey for dessert!)

Roger Moreano

Director of Strategy and Innovation
(He/Him/His)
Originally from: I am a first generation Puerto Rican-Ecuadorian American born in Chicago.
Currently live in: Gurnee, Illinois.

Areas of expertise:

  • 20 years in diversity, equity, and inclusion work in higher education
  • Training and facilitation
  • Leadership development
  • Anti-racism training and education
  • LGBTQIA training and education
  • Training and education on healthy masculinity
  • Understanding and dismantling systems of oppression
  • Strategic planning


Why Equity, Diversity and Inclusion? 

EDI is rooted in my life experience. Spanish was my first language and my family experienced much marginalization while I was growing up. I naturally connect with individuals and communities who are “left out.” I am motivated by work which dismantles barriers to human opportunity and progress in the world, in our communities, and in our organizations. I imagine a world where all human beings are given the opportunity to tap into their inherent gifts and talents, develop the skills to contribute greatly to our communities, find meaning and purpose in their work, and can believe truly that our unique, diverse and intersectional identities are genuinely valued.

Favorite comfort meal: My Titi Carmen’s Puerto Rican arroz con gandules.

 

Melissa graetz

Melissa AB Graetz

Client Engagement Manager
(She/Her/Hers)
Originally from: Syracuse, NY
Currently live in: Walden, CO with my husband, 3 cats, 2 sugar gliders and 14 koi fish!

Areas of expertise:

  • Non-profit Leadership
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Adult Education
  • Capacity Building
  • Project Design in Training And Development


Why Equity, Diversity and Inclusion? 

I am increasingly encouraged by the work in EDI as I believe we must use innovative methods of community engagement to build a strong foundation for growth and understanding. I aim to question our unconscious biases, to encourage cultural exchange, and to develop creative solutions to have these difficult conversations.
This is something we can look for in all areas of life, and I continue to look for cultural preservation, integration and education in my personal life in music and food!

Favorite comfort meal: I find that my comfort food is really anything that has rice as the focal point of the dish: Paella, Biryani, Fried Rice etc. 

 

Jasmin M. Robinson

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
(She/Her/Hers)
Originally from: St. Louis, MO
Currently live in: Woodridge, IL

Jasmin M. Robinson is a consultant, educator, and equity thought partner with over 12 years of professional experience. She primarily supports higher education institutions, k-12 schools, and non-profit organizations with diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic planning, program development, trainings, and facilitation.
Jasmin is a certified qualified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory, LLC. In addition, she is a member of the Illinois Diversity Council (ILDC), Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), and the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE).
Jasmin is completing a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and her research interest include Black women experiences in historically white spaces, anti-Blackness, and cultural competence.
In her spare time, Jasmin enjoys cooking, walking, thrifting, and brunch spots in the Chicagoland area.

Areas of expertise:

  • Intercultural Communication
  • Training and Facilitation
  • Leadership Development
  • EDI strategic planning in higher education


Why Equity, Diversity and Inclusion?
My identity as cis-gender Black woman led me to EDI work. I was raised in inner city St. Louis, Missouri. I attended a diverse, historically white school in an affluent neighborhood and experienced challenges both inside and outside of the classroom that I was unable to articulate, contextualize, and address. It wasn’t until I went to college and beyond that I understood how systems of oppression operated.  To this end, it is my mission to transform spaces for racially minoritized voices so we can be valued, seen, respected, and safe. Recognizing that change is incremental, I am equally empowered to do this work in a way that honors rest, peace, and justice.

Favorite comfort meal: Steamed broccoli and crab legs (with tons of butter).

Adrika Lazarus

Adrika Lazarus

Senior Consultant
(She/Her/Hers)
Originally from: First-generation Bangladeshi-American and "Third Culture Individual" raised in Kenya, India, and Indonesia
Currently live in: North Carolina

Areas of expertise:

  • Training and Facilitation (over 2,000 hours) and Conflict Mediation and Resolution (over 1,700 hours). Training Topics include Anti-racism, Bias, Allyship, Inclusive Hiring, Inclusive Management, LGBTQ+, Accessibility, Equitable Hybrid Work, and more.
  • Immigrant and First-Generation American Experience Asian and South Asian Community Multicultural/Cultural Competence with a global/international lens.
  • Multi/interracial, Interfaith and Multicultural Personal and Team Relationships.


Why Equity, Diversity and Inclusion? 

I moved to the United States after living overseas for fifteen years with my multicultural, interracial, and interfaith family. Diversity and inclusion was and is my norm – my daily lived values and experience – due to my social identities as a woman of color, South Asian-American, and member of the LGBTQ+ community. When I moved to the U.S. it was a culture shock, particularly around the tension in racism and racist history living in the South. As a first-generation American, I experienced the effects of being categorized in a label or box, as well as the ignorance and fear that comes with being “othered.” Those years were especially painful to live through, so when I entered the workforce, my goal was to do my part in making sure people who looked like me or individuals from marginalized identities would be heard and valued. I want to help facilitate the challenges and breakthrough moments in this work; to help build equitable, inclusive, and diverse workplaces and the support systems for diverse employees to succeed and be psychologically safe. I value learning new skills and keep pushing myself professionally to learn new skills that support EDI work.

Favorite comfort meal: My favorite comfort meal at the moment is Vietnamese Pho – the aromatic slow-cooked broth coupled with tender beef and chewy rice noodles is magic in a bowl!

Carmen Foster

Senior Consultant
(She/Her/Hers)
Originally from: As the great-great granddaughter of an enslaved nurse and healer, my lineage is centered in Richmond, Virginia.
Currently live in: Richmond continues to be my home base, after a decade-long stint in the Cambridge-Boston area.

Areas of expertise:

  • Almost four decades of experience in local, state, and federal government, higher education, museum administration, and nonprofits
  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Organizational Analysis
  • Social Capital Development
  • Executive Coaching exploring the nexus of leadership, spirituality, and personal development.


Why Equity, Diversity and Inclusion? 

My encore career as a historian provides a platform to investigate societal patterns and behaviors that influence privilege, oppression and intersectionality in the journey for social justice reform. Along with my scholarly research, my lived experience as a child of the civil rights movement and a bridge-builder across racial divides add depth to EDI strategies that create impact.

Favorite comfort meal: A hard choice between an eclectic array of pan-Asian, dim sum, and the Southern comfort of fried fish, barbeque, mac and cheese with well-seasoned greens.

chris haigh

Chris Haigh

Senior Consultant
(They/Their/Theirs)
Originally from: Cranston, Rhode Island
Currently live in: Boston, Massachusetts

Areas of expertise:

  • EDI Facilitation and Coaching
  • Leadership Development
  • Dialogue
  • Understanding Systemic Oppression


Why Equity, Diversity and Inclusion?
Imagine what we could do if we could create spaces that liberate all human potential!

Favorite comfort meal: Sushi

Gwen Crider

Senior Consultant
(She/Her/Hers)
Originally from: Born in Beckley, W. VA; raised in Washington, DC
Currently live in: Washington, DC

Areas of expertise:

  • DEI, leadership
  • Team building
  • Strategic planning/work with all levels of government (federal, state, local), non-profits and private sectors


Why Equity, Diversity and Inclusion? 

I believe that only when we excel in these areas – whether at work or in our personal lives – can we be our very best, see possibilities and fulfil our potential; again as both individuals and organizations.

Favorite comfort meal: Not a meal but when I need comfort, my “go to” is butter pecan ice cream; it always does the job.

 

Dr. Matt Smith

Senior Consultant
(He/Him/His)
Originally from: Southfield, MI
Currently live in: Berkshire County, MA

Dr. Matt Smith is an educator, advocate, and consultant with 15 years of experience in education administration, including community college and university student affairs, and K-12 public school improvement. Originally from suburban Detroit, he is a fourth-generation teacher, and has taught at every level including high school, adult basic education, undergraduate, and graduate students.
As a consultant Matt specializes in DEIB-focused training and data analysis to inform decision making for public organizations and private companies. Matt has facilitated workshops focused on equity, inclusion, and social justice content for a variety of stakeholder groups including college students, education administrators, teaching faculty, state employees, and corporate leaders.
Matt earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno, and both a Master’s in Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from Hampton University, an HBCU in Hampton, VA. He is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and an initiate of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America. Matt currently lives in Western Massachusetts with his brilliant wife and daughters.

Favorite comfort meal: Comfort meal: barbecue ribs, greens, and cornbread.

Shilpa Alimchandani

Senior Consultant
(She/Her/Hers)
Originally from: I was born in Pune, India and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri
Currently live in: Silver Spring, Maryland

Areas of expertise:

  • EDI Training, Facilitation, and Consulting
  • Leadership development
  • EDI Coaching
  • Intercultural Communication


Why Equity, Diversity and Inclusion? 

As the daughter of immigrants from India who grew up in the Midwest of the US, I’ve always navigated differences in culture and power. I’m deeply committed to social justice, and I believe that transformational change is possible. That’s why I’ve dedicated my career to liberating individuals, organizations, and communities from systems of oppression.

Favorite comfort meal: My favorite comfort meal is my mother’s daal, green beans and potatoes, served with basmati rice or chapati.

 

Tamisha Sampson

Senior Consultant
(She/Her/Hers)
Originally from: The Bronx, NY
Currently live in: Montgomery County, Maryland

Mrs. Sampson has been an educator for over twenty years. She has been a teacher, counselor, and administrator in several large public school districts. Mrs. Sampson has developed and led a continuum of programs to support, coach, and train leaders, staff, students, and families in the K-12 setting. In this work, she provides job embedded professional development on, intersectionality of race, language, and culture. She also works with schools to help implement organizational changes that end racial and social injustice for youth and adults. Mrs. Sampson also serves as a diversity equity and inclusion consultant where she has worked with private businesses, school districts, and government organizations.  

 

 

Timothy Kane

Timothy Kane

Senior Consultant
(He/Him/His)
Originally from: Rochester, NY
Currently live in: Eagle River, Alaska

Areas of Expertise:

  • Cultural Intelligence
  • How White People Can Be Anti-Racist
  • LGBTQIA+ Diversity and Inclusion
  • Transgender Diversity and Inclusion
  • Religious Diversity and Inclusion
  • Community and Youth Empowerment
  • EDI in Higher Education


Why Equity, Diversity and Inclusion? 

Engagement with EDI is part of my “happiness plan.”  One place I experience happiness is when I get to know others and seek a space where we are recognized as being of equal intrinsic value. This space sometimes becomes tricky to find given social injustice and our seemingly endless drive to put ourselves above others.  Yet, when I connect with people in ways which raise up everyone and diminish no one, I feel happy.

Favorite comfort meal: In sixth grade, I ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every day for lunch.  When I am feeling stressed, my PB&J always comes to the rescue!

Umeh

Zimife Umeh

Data Analytics and Assessments Lead
(She/Her/Hers)
Originally from: I was born in Nigeria and lived there until the age of eight. I then moved to U.S. where I grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Currently live in: Rockville, Maryland.

Zimife Umeh is a researcher, educator, and consultant with over 10 years of professional experience. She has been involved in organizational DEI work in a variety of roles, including supporting organizations across the private and non-profit sector in developing and implementing assessments, and developing DEI strategic plans.
Zimife holds a B.S. in Finance and a B.A. in Africana Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. She has a master’s degree in Education from Chestnut Hill College and a PhD in Sociology from Duke University. She has published peer-reviewed articles in the following journals: Social Science Research and Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. Zimife is currently a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University, where she conducts research on race- and gender-based inequalities in institutions.

Areas of expertise:

  • DEI survey design, data collection, and data analysis.
  • Racial justice, gender equality, and approach my research and analysis using an intersectional framework.


Why Equity, Diversity and Inclusion? 

My interest in EDI stems from my commitment to producing research and strategies that eliminate barriers to racial equity and inclusion within the workplace.

Favorite comfort meal: Baked Mac and Cheese

OUR CLIENTS

MSM Global works with a wide array of organizations and companies of all sizes and from all industries. Here are some of our clients: